logo

Arnold Schwarzenegger Hid He Was His Son's Dad despite Seeing Him Often at Home – Joseph Found Out at 13

Karabo Baloyi
Apr 24, 2022
12:30 A.M.

Arnold Schwarzenegger married Maria Shriver in 1986 and divorced 25 years later. However, the divorce was a long, drawn-out process, over 10 years. Let's take a look at what went wrong.

Advertisement

Arnold and Maria did not have a prenup for their almost $400 million wealth. Despite the media frenzy that surrounded their divorce, the couple handled everything as confidentially as possible.

Court records showed that they had equal custody of their children. They also showed that neither one of them owed each other spousal support but could seek it through the court as the years progressed.

Arnold Schwarzenegger attends a candlelight in honor of people who died during the September 11 terror attacks in 2003, Joseph Baena with his mother on Instagram. | Source: Instagram/Getty Images

Arnold Schwarzenegger attends a candlelight in honor of people who died during the September 11 terror attacks in 2003, Joseph Baena with his mother on Instagram. | Source: Instagram/Getty Images

HOW THE COUPLE GOT TOGETHER

A month before Arnold first met Maria, he met and dated Sue Moray. She was 25 years old and worked as a hairdresser. She noticed that he kept wandering to other women while trying to pick her up.

Advertisement

Arnold vehemently denied this accusation and went on to get Sue's number. He dated both Sue and Maria for a year, despite claiming to be in love with Maria. He later broke up with Sue.

"She said, 'I want to move to America and be your wife or woman', I said, 'I have a girlfriend I’m very serious about.'"

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver together. | Source: Getty Images

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver together. | Source: Getty Images

ARNOLD'S DALLIANCES WITH OTHER WOMEN

While working on the film "Red Sonja" in Rome, Arnold began dating co-star Brigitte Nielsen. He had been in a relationship with Maria for seven years. The newspaper "Vienna Kurier" reported the fling.

In his book, "Fantastic: The Life of Arnold Schwarzenegger," Arnold revealed that Brigitte wanted more than just a fling from him: "She said, 'I want to move to America and be your wife or woman,' I said, 'I have a girlfriend I'm very serious about. I am committed to Maria.'”

Advertisement

Arnold remained committed to Maria and proposed to her three times. His third proposal to her was while they were boating on a local lake. Her response was less romantic, though:

“Hey, Arnold, what’s so special about today? Have I been especially good lately? Have I gotten really beautiful?”

Brigitte Nielsen and Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Red Sonja" in Rome, Italy, 1984. | Source: Getty Images

Brigitte Nielsen and Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Red Sonja" in Rome, Italy, 1984. | Source: Getty Images

ARNOLD AND MARIA GET MARRIED

In 1986 the couple got married in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Maria's cousin, Caroline Bouvier Kennedy, was the maid of honor. Actress Gigi Goyette claimed that she had an affair with Arnold shortly after the birth of his child.

They met in 1975 while Gigi worked on the set of “Little House on the Praire.” She said that she only slept with Arnold once the year they met but reconnected for a fling in 1989.

Advertisement

Arnold denied the claims, but Gigi insisted that she was not the only woman who had an affair with Arnold. “There were so many other women. About 13 have come out of the woodwork,” she claimed.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. | Source: Getty Images

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. | Source: Getty Images

When Maria was pregnant with Christopher in 1997, the family housekeeper, Mildred Baena, was also pregnant.

Rumors also surfaced that he had an affair with actress Rachel Ticotin. The pair worked together on the set of “Total Recall.” But Maria turned a blind eye to the cheating allegations.

She even defended Arnold when he was accused of sexual misconduct. "I wouldn't be standing here if this man weren't an A-plus human being. I wouldn't be taking my time; I wouldn't have left [the] job that I love, I wouldn't be doing any of this if I didn't believe in this man," she said.

Advertisement
Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger with his new wife Maria Shriver outside St. Francis Xavier Church after their wedding on April 26, 1986. | Source: Getty Images

Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger with his new wife Maria Shriver outside St. Francis Xavier Church after their wedding on April 26, 1986. | Source: Getty Images

Before the allegations, Maria gave birth to Patrick in 1993 and later Christopher in 1997. Arnold loved parenthood and once referred to fatherhood as the next best thing to cloning. He also said:

"Fatherhood is really the greatest joy. Watching all five of my kids grow into their own successful lives is fantastic.”

MORE TROUBLE IN THE MARRIAGE

When Maria was pregnant with Christopher in 1997, the family housekeeper, Mildred Baena, was also pregnant. As Mildred's son, Joseph, grew older, she noticed that he looked a lot like Arnold.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver pose with their children Katherine, Christina, Patrick and Christopher at a pre-premiere softball game with "The Benchwarmers" at UCLA's Sunset Canyon Recreation Center on April 2, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver pose with their children Katherine, Christina, Patrick and Christopher at a pre-premiere softball game with "The Benchwarmers" at UCLA's Sunset Canyon Recreation Center on April 2, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Advertisement

“It was as Joseph grew, and I started to see the resemblance that I wondered – but It became more apparent as time went on,” she said. But Arnold kept the secret longer and only revealed the truth years later.

Shortly after leaving his position as California governor in 2011, Maria asked Arnold to have a meeting with her and their marriage counselor. She questioned him about whether he was Joseph's father, and Arnold confessed the truth.

Maria also questioned Mildred who admitted that Arnold was Joseph's father. But Maria's reaction to the truth surprised her: “She was so strong. She cried with me and told me to get off my knees. We held each other and I told her it wasn't Arnie’s fault, that it takes two.”

Daily News front page May 19, 2011, with the headline "TWO MUCH - Ahhnold's love child & son born five days apart." | Source: Getty Images

Daily News front page May 19, 2011, with the headline "TWO MUCH - Ahhnold's love child & son born five days apart." | Source: Getty Images

Advertisement

Joseph found out that Arnold was his father in the same year. His grandmother sat him down to explain who his dad was, and he replied with an excited, "Cool!" While Maria was angrier at Arnold than Mildred, she focused on protecting her children when the news broke.

Arnold said that his marriage was strained during his time as a governor, but the infidelity caused it to end. He said, "That is something that I will always look back and say, How could you have done that?"

ARNOLD AND JOSEPH'S RELATIONSHIP

Joseph revealed that it took some time to form a relationship with his father. "I grew up with my mom, and I was always nervous, and I didn't want him to think bad of me," he said.

Advertisement

But with time they became close. Joseph said that he and his dad joke about everything together. He added that he chose not to use his last name because Arnold didn't believe in handouts.

"He believes hard work pays off, and so do I," Joseph said. In 2021 Joseph started his career as a realtor. He posted a photo of himself on Instagram with the caption:

"Looking forward to growing and learning from my amazing team @aria_properties, but more so looking forward to putting you guys in a new home!"

Advertisement

Even though Joseph grew closer to his dad, he had a complicated relationship with his half-siblings. He didn't attend his half-sister Katherine's wedding to Chris Pratt in 2019.

But Joseph seemed to have a better relationship with Patrick. The two were seen hiking together in Los Angeles in 2021. Joseph follows all his half-siblings on social media, but none of them follow him back. Arnold was the only one in the family to acknowledge Joseph publicly.

Advertisement
info
Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Advertisement
Related posts

Arnold Schwarznegger Threw His Daughter’s Shoes into the Fire and Forbade His Son from Taking Long Hot Showers

October 06, 2023

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Son Joseph Baena Imitates Dad’s Body-Building Poses While Shirtless in Video

November 07, 2023

7 Celebrities Who Had a Love Child They Did Not Know About

August 22, 2023

Maria Shriver Hid Boyfriend for Years before Messy Split with Schwarzenegger, Sources Said: More about Him

September 01, 2023

Schwarzenegger’s Son Seen after Amazing Weight Loss — Christopher Is His Only Kid Who Lives Privately

August 16, 2023

Station Guard Sees Girl Lying on Bench for Days, ‘Dad Promised to Return...’ She Cries – Story of the Day

September 13, 2023

This Boy Had No Shower & Plumbing Living with 'Tyrant' Dad — At 76, He's an Honored Actor, Sportsman & Doting Grandpa

October 08, 2023

Man Gives Woman a Lift Home, Her Husband and Brothers Come To Him Few Days Later – Story of the Day

September 18, 2023

Man Gives Woman a Ride Home, Her Husband and Brothers Come To Him Few Days Later – Story of the Day

October 13, 2023

Arnold Schwarzenegger, 76, Survived Three Heart Surgeries Yet Struggles with His Body Changes

October 11, 2023

‘Wowww’: Jamie Lee Curtis, 64, Poses in Red Dirndl Dress & Flower Crown Alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger

October 08, 2023

Lauren Alaina's Boyfriend Was Unaware of Her Celebrity Status before Dating – They Are Engaged Now

July 12, 2023

Poor Old Man Never Lets Anyone into His House, Neighbor Steps inside after His Death — Story of the Day

August 03, 2023

Chris Pratt Praised Wife for 'Healthy Daughter' Years after Son from Ex Was Born Sick — People’s Reaction Made Him Cry

July 13, 2023